News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | September 2011

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Tues., Wed., Sat. 12 - 3pm
Thurs. & Fri. 12 - 6pm


Beth Lo Eight Immortals

UM Student Welcome/Ceramic Artist Reception

Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 5pm, UM PARTV Center 

Help us welcome students to campus and celebrate UM faculty and community artists who are featured in the current exhibition, 60 Artists, 60 Artworks, 60 Years: Celebrating the Archie Bray Foundation. The exhibition continues through Saturday, September 10, 2011.
Image: Beth Lo, detail, The eight Immortals, 2006, porcelain, gold leaf, china paint epoxy, gift of Miriam Sample, MMAC Permanent Collection.   


Ceramic vase by Rudy Autio 
60 Artists, 60 Artworks, 60 Years: Celebrating the Archie Bray Foundation

Through September 10, 2011
Meloy and Paxson Galleries

MMAC pays tribute to the 60th anniversary celebration of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. This exhibition coincides with ceramic exhibitions across the state and include a diverse selection of ceramics created by UM faculty, alumni and past Bray residents.  The exhibition continues at the UM Mansfield Library with Peter and Henry Meloy: Collaborations.
Image: Rudy Autio, Untitled, 1959, MMAC Permanent Collection


This is the time to join us for 2011-2012 membership at the level that works for you.  MMAC receives no operating support through state funds, so we rely on your help and support each year.  


Click here to Become a Member today to ensure our continued success in presenting the best exhibitions and programs we can for you!  Thank you.


Champion Members Donna and James Koch state the following about MMAC membership: 


"The MMAC is a treasure chest overflowing with Montana jewels such as the paintings of Fra Dana, past and contemporary American Indian artistry, and the powerful WWII painting and drawings of Ben Steele.  The Museum delights us with art from all parts of the U.S. and far off lands, bringing us Pulitzer Prize winning photographs in dramatic black and white and the paintings of Renoir and Gauguin in dazzling colors. Who wouldn't want to help spread out these jewels for all to see. The MMAC staff displays them beautifully, but, oh, to have a setting truly fitting their worth!  We support the MMAC so that it can continue to enrich us in beauty and education, and we look forward to the day when it has a home equal to its worth". 



Michelle Weber
Many thanks to Kelly Hart who worked as MMAC's Administrative Assistant for three years.  Her many talents made her a wonderful asset to the museum. We wish Kelly the best as she pursues a new career.
MMAC welcomes Michelle Weber as our new Administrative Assistant.  Michelle is originally from Ohio; and now resides in Missoula with her husband and two pups.  Michelle has a bachelor's
degree in Art Education and is currently finishing her Master's in Education.




Bataan Death March


 War Torn: The Art of Ben Steele

Paintings and Drawings from the Bataan Death March


The Montana Museum of Art & Culture exhibits the art of WWII, Bataan Death March survivor and Montana artist Ben Steele.  Steele's life story is an extraordinary account of survival, forgiveness and reconciliation.  Part of the MMAC Permanent Collection, this gift by Ben and Shirley Steele is an important part of Montana's cultural heritage.  The exhibition coincides with the 38th annual Montana History Conference at UM, themed "No Ordinary Time: War, Resistance and the Montana Experience" taking place September 22 - 24, 2011. 
  • Friday, September 23rd reception from 5-8pm with special guest Ben Steele in the PAR TV Center lobby with special program at 6:30pm featuring UM President Royce Engstrom, the UM ROTC Color Guard, the WWII big band Cosmopolitan Caravan, vocal soloist John Semmons and food and refreshments!
  • Friday, September 23rd, 8pm, President Lecture Series talk by WWII historian and MIT Ford International Professor of History John W. Dower in the University Theatre.

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM, MOLLI course by Dr. James V. Koch, President Emeritus, UM and Old Dominion University titled "WWII in the Pacific", 9 - 10:30am Thursdays, October 13 - November 17.

  • Osher Lifelong learning Institute at UM, MOLLI short course titled "Surviving Bataan: The Art of Ben Steele" featuring the exhibition and the book Tears in the Darkness, Instructors: Dr. Herbert Swick and Keith Hardin; 9 - 10:30am Fridays, October 14, 21, and Oct 28 with special guest Ben Steele.

  • Thursday, October 27th at 7pm, lecture and book signing by Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman, authors of the New York Times Best Selling book Tears in the Darkness, PAR TV Center Montana Theater with special guest Ben Steele.   

  • Thursday, November 10th at 5:15pm, Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program "War Poetry: Poetry is in the Pity" by Lisa Simon, UM Professor of English, in observance of Veterans Day in the PAR TV Center Montana Theatre.

  • Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm, lecture and film "The Tragedy of Bataan" produced by Jan Thompson, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Associate Professor and President of the Descendants Group Auxiliary of the American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor. The film is narrated by Alec Baldwin. In the PAR TV Center Masquer Theater in cooperation with Montana Broadcast Media Center.

Image: Ben Steele, The Bataan Death March, oil on panel, ca.1950, 30 x 48 inches, gift of Ben and Shirley Steele, MMAC Permanent Collection